NaNoWriMo 2012

This is my fourth attempt at NaNoWriMo. I failed last year. I hope to win this year.

Rui Ying taking a nap

Rui Ying’s first month

Baby Rui Ying had her first month bash in June. It is a Chinese tradition to hold a celebration when a baby is one month old.

Street photography - girl in red dress and blue shoes

Street fashion in Orchard

If you want a taste of Singapore street fashion, Orchard Road on a weekend is a good place to start. You will come across a myriad of styles being worn by the people walking along the road.

Street photography - Puppy with adoption volunteer

Adopt a pet instead of buying one

There was a dog adoption drive in town sponsored by Subaru and LostPaws. The volunteers from LostPaws were encouraging the public to adopt a pet instead of buying one, and educating them about responsible pet ownership.

JCube stunt across the street

Publicity stunts

Whenever I shoot in Orchard Road on a weekend, I’ll encounter publicity stunts by various companies to promote their product or services.


Weekends in Orchard Road

I’ve been spending my weekends shooting along Orchard Road in Singapore. This is to force myself to devote three to four hours a week to practice my street photography.


Leica M8 – first impressions

My first few photo walks with the Leica M8 has seen a change in the way I shoot. In a nutshell, I’m really enjoying shooting with the M8.

Leica M8

My first Leica

It still feels surreal but I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I bought my first Leica.


No more watermarks

I have decided to stop using watermarks on my photos because they only discourage rather than prevent stealing.

Baby wrapped in a bundle

Baby Ruiying

Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their first child.

Photos by Jen Xi

Portfolio – Photos by Jen Xi

My portfolio site is finally live. I have been fiddling around with several set ups but I’m proud to announce its official launch.


Choosing a DSLR camera

If you are new to the world of DSLRs, you will probably be bewildered by choices available. Here’s a guide on how to choose your first DSLR camera..

Demi-gods and Semi-devils

Wuxia translation – a preview

Translations of wuxia novels from Chinese to English are often too literal and do not bring out the full flavour of the story.